2008 Stratus Red

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The 2008 reveals fleshy, linear red and blackcurrant fruit on the nose that speak to both the vintage and the wine's composition of four Bordeaux varieties. Twenty months of ageing in French oak add a spicy vanilla complexity to this intriguing wine. A combination of judicious crop thinning, late picking in early December and considerable lowering of yields has produced an elegant, well-knitted bottling that is a fine example of assemblage.

Growing Conditions

March was cool and wet. This was immediately contrasted with a warmer than normal April and a cooler than average May. Summer finally arrived in June, however, it also included some severe weather producing high winds and hail. Minimal damage resulted and overall, the vines fared well. Summer months in the Niagara Peninsula saw typical temperatures but much high than normal precipitation. By mid-August, ripening looked to be 7-14 days delayed on average for the region. September brought improved conditions with warm temperatures and sunny dry weather. Harvest began in late October and stretched into mid December. The fall was generally dry, offering good harvest conditions.

The combinations of good fall weather and careful thinning of fruit to manage ripening resulted in most grapes reaching ripeness in the October/November window. After a summer marked by intermittent worry about delayed maturity, sugar levels in most grapes turned out to be in the normal range.

Details

Varieties
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Petit Verdot
Vintage
2008
Body
full
Region
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
Winemaker
J-L Groux
Alcohol
13.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
16 °C
Drinking Window
2011 - 2018
Harvest Date
October 24 - November 27, 2008
Cooperage
608 days in French oak │ 44% new